10 Fragrances That Evoke Our Favorite Southern Cities
There’s an easy way to travel without buying a plane ticket or packing up the car for a road trip, and the secret is sitting on your vanity. Of the five senses, the power of smell is one of the strongest. It doesn’t take much for memories to come flooding in when triggered by a strong scent association; sometimes, all it takes is one whiff of a particular scent, and you'll be transported across miles and across the decades. Some of our favorite fragrances evoke the sights and scents we associate with some of our favorite Southern cities. Here are ten of our favorite Southern cities paired with ten fragrances we think embody them. Some are new, others are classics—all are absolutely delicious, and more than a few speak to the South’s fragrant blooms, beautiful gardens, and striking state flowers. So enjoy a spritz or two, and channel a Southern classic while you’re at it. There’s certainly one fragrance (or two or three or four) that will appeal to your olfactory preferences as well as your travel plans this season.
Jo Malone London Nectarine Blossom and Honey Cologne
Buy it: $70, sephora.com
The peach notes in this soft and fruity fragrance make us think of the Peach State and its capital, Atlanta. Cassis, acacia honey, peach, and nectarine blend into a delicious springtime fragrance we’d love to wear on a walk around the Atlanta Botanical Garden.
Aerin Beauty Hibiscus Palm Eau de Parfum
Buy it: $130, shop.nordstrom.com
Famously, this historic city on the South Carolina coast has streets lined with waving palms. Pair a trip to the Holy City with this fragrance from Aerin; it combines lotus flower, hibiscus palm, ginger, and vanilla to create a scent that is as coastal as it is warm and classic—close your eyes, and picture yourself walking through the historic district beneath the palms, peeking through wrought-iron gates to the hidden gardens beyond.
Maison Margiela 'REPLICA' Beach Walk Eau de Toilette Rollerball
Buy it: $28, sephora.com
Channel sunshine and coastal breezes with this fragrance, which has bright and creamy notes of coconut milk, heliotrope, cedarwood, and lemon. It’s a warm floral scent that pairs beautifully with a stroll on the sand in Destin.
Clinique My Happy Peace and Jasmine Perfume Spray
Buy it: $23, ulta.com
It’s a magic time in Houston when the jasmine blooms. Walls, carpets, and thick tapestries of sweetly scented jasmine bloom across the city in April and May. They perfume the air and disappear all too quickly into the heat of summer, but the memory of their blossoms remains. This bright Clinique fragrance captures the sumptuous scents of jasmine alongside soft lavender and citrus notes.
NEST Fragrances Wisteria Blue Eau de Parfum
Buy it: $74, sephora.com
Writer Eudora Welty called Mississippi’s capital city home all the years of her life. She was famous not only for her writings, but also for her garden, which greeted visitors with myriad blossoms, beds, and arbors, some of which were covered in wisteria, which was said to be a favorite bloom of Welty’s father. This dreamy fragrance evokes the perfume of blooming wisteria vines.
Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Cologne Absolue
Buy it: $78, sephora.com
This bright and breezy scent would be a perfect accompaniment on a walk through Old Town Key West. It contains tropical notes of fresh lime, coconut, and eucalyptus and conjures associations with the town’s favorite tart citrus fruit, the Key lime.
Lancôme La Vie Est Belle L'Eau de Parfum Spray
Buy it: $73, sephora.com
Tennessee’s state flower is the iris, and this fragrance combines iris with warm, sweet, and spicy notes. We can’t think of a more fitting fragrance for Nashville, plus, it comes with the message “la vie est belle,” which couldn’t be a truer statement in Music City.
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia Eau de Toilette
Buy it: $80, sephora.com
New Orleans has oak-lined streets, climbing jasmine vines, and gardens filled with gardenias. Let this Gucci fragrance transport you to the city when the gardenias are in full bloom. It combines those distinctive heady notes with red berries, patchouli, and pear to create a romantic floral experience.
Demeter Fragrance Library Salt Air Cologne Spray
Buy it: $25.41, amazon.com
The salty sea breeze of Norfolk, a favorite coastal Virginia city, takes center stage in a fragrance like Demeter Fragrance Library’s Salt Air. It has one ocean-inspired note of salty sea spray and beachy breezes, which evokes a quiet morning on the water.
Prada Candy Sugar Pop Eau de Parfum
Buy it: $74, sephora.com
Fruity and floral with notes of green bergamot, apple, vanilla, and peach, this pick nods to Savannah’s longtime candy-making tradition on the coast of the Peach State. Visit River Street’s sweet shops to glimpse taffy pulls and dip into bins of homemade candies and sweets. The experience is even sweeter when paired with a candy-crisp fragrance like this one.